Brianna and Colleen O’Leary know their Irish immigrant father expects them to marry well. Recently he’s put even more pressure on them, insinuating that the very future of their Long Island horse farm, Irish Meadows, rests in their ability to land prosperous husbands. Both girls, however, have different visions for their futures.
Brianna, a quiet girl with a quick mind, dreams of attending college. Vivacious Colleen, meanwhile, is happy to marry—as long as her father’s choice meets her exacting standards of the ideal groom. When former stable hand Gilbert Whelan returns from business school and distant relative Rylan Montgomery visits Long Island during his seminary training, the two men quickly complicate everyone’s plans.
As the farm slips ever closer to ruin, James O’Leary grows more desperate. It will take every ounce of courage for both sisters to avoid being pawns in their father’s machinations and instead follow their hearts. And even if they do, will they inevitably find their dreams too distant to reach?
Susan Anne Mason’s debut for Bethany House is a nuanced historical novel that stitches together a plot of family dramas, forbidden romances, and fervent redemption. A character driven novel that follows the O’Leary patriarch and his diametrically different daughters. Susan Mason imbues her characters with flaws (particularly the volatile Colleen) that places them at odds with each other and drives them towards personal moments of reckoning. The plot is told from a multi-perspective of the four main characters and allows for their distinct individual voices to resonate on the page. In spite of the of the varying points of view, the plot and prose flow at an easy canter and enriched with Mason’s penchant for lavish description. The groundwork has been set for the continuation of the family saga in Book 2 which promises to be just as engaging as its predecessor.
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